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  • m. croche: The fairly strict, unvarying meter does indeed create a distancing effect – a big step away... 2:48 AM
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  • La Cieca: I may be wrong about this as I have no Hungarian at all, but the use of this meter with its... 2:10 AM
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  • Bill: Marika Oszvald – sorry for incorrect spelling above. I met her a couple of years ago after a... 12:18 AM
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  • Bill: It looks to be Marika Osvold – a legendary Soubrette in Budapest (she was always doing... 11:57 PM
  • m. croche: Ah, well you see the meter of Hiawatha and Bluebeard all have their roots in the ancient... 11:40 PM
  • NPW-Paris: He could have added “strapping&# 8221;. 11:39 PM
  • La Cieca: Now at last you see before you Bluebeard’s Castle. Not a gay place like your father’s. Where all... 11:29 PM

Bea in the bonnet

Everyone who revives Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda, as the Collegiate Chorale did at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday night, calls the piece an “overlooked masterpiece.” It has certainly been overlooked, while Norma, Sonnambula and Puritani go from strength to strength. Beatrice has not been staged in New York in living memory, and this was only its fourth concert performance here (third at Carnegie) in the last hundred years.   Read more »

The Beatrice generation

Beatrice di Tenda was a problem child, Vincenzo Bellini an alternately protective and disparaging parent. If he had lived to write another dozen operas this might not matter, but this work of 1833 was his penultimate piece; two and a half years later, the young Sicilian was dead, not yet 34.

The melodies of Beatrice thus come from the same rare and gorgeous fount as do those of Norma and Puritani, and if you love her sisters, you should certainly save a date for Beatrice. Her next big date in this neck of the woods comes tomorrow night, when the Collegiate Chorale and the American Symphony Orchestra present the opera at Carnegie Hall. Read more »